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Coding Blocks

Allen Underwood, Michael Outlaw, Joseph Zack

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The world of computer programming is vast in scope. There are literally thousands of topics to cover and no one person could ever reach them all. One of the goals of the Coding Blocks podcast is to introduce a number of these topics to the audience so they can learn during their commute or while cutting the grass. We will cover topics such as best programming practices, design patterns, coding for performance, object oriented coding, database design and implementation, tips, tricks and a who ...
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Picture, if you will, a nondescript office space, where time seems to stand still as programmers gather around a water cooler. Here, in the twilight of the workday, they exchange eerie tales of programming glitches, security breaches, and asynchronous calls. Welcome to the Programming Zone, where reality blurs and (silent) keystrokes echo in the de…
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This time we are missing the "ocks", but we hope you enjoy this off...ice topic chat about personalizing our workspaces. Also, Joe had to put a quarter in the jar, and Outlaw needs a cookie. The full show notes are available on the website at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode230 News Thank you for the review Szymon! Want to leave us a review? De…
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We are mixing it up on you again, no Outlaw this week, but we can offer you some talk of exotic databases. Also, Joe pronounces everything correctly and Allen leaves you with a riddle. The full show notes are available on the website at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode229 News Thanks for the reviews! ivan.kuchin (has taken the lead!), Yoondoggy…
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This episode we are talking about keeping the internet interesting and making cool things by looking at PagedOut and Itch.io. Also, Allen won't ever mark you down, Outlaw won't ever give you up, and Joe took a note to say something about Barbie here but he can't remember what it was. The full show notes are available on the website at https://www.c…
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This episode we are talking about the future of tech with the Gartner Top Strategic Technology Trends 2024. Also, Allen is looking into the crystal ball, Joe is getting lo, and Outlaw is getting into curling. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode224. News Thank you for the reviews! justsomedudewr…
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News Thanks for the reviews! Debug Dugg myotherproglangisjava Daniel Kastinen The call for speakers is open till December 15th for Orlando Code Camp Sony announces a9 III: World's first full-frame global shutter camera (dpreview.com) Technology Adoption Roadmap for Midsize Enterprises 2022-2024 Gartner Report Technology Adoption Roadmap for Midsize…
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We've got a smorgasbord of delights for you this week, ranging from mechanical switches to the cloud and beyond. Also, Michael's cosplaying as Megaman, Joe learns the difference between Clicks and Clacks, and Allen takes no prisoners. See the full show notes a https://www.codingblocks.net/episode220 News Thanks for the reviews! Meskell, itsmatt Lea…
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In this episode, we are talking all about GitHub Actions. What are they, and why should you consider learning more about them? Also, Allen terminates the terminators, Outlaw remembers the good ol' days, and Joe tries his hand at sales. See the full show notes at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode218 News Thanks for the reviews! iTunes: nononevera…
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In this episode, we're talking all about OpenTelemetry. Also, Allen lays down some knowledge, Joe plays director and Outlaw stumps the chumps. See the full show notes at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode216 News Thanks for the reviews Lanjunnn and scott339! Allen made the video on generating a baseball lineup application just by chatting with Ch…
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In this episode, we're talking about the history of "man" pages, console apps, team leadership, and Artificial Intelligence liability. Also, Allen's downloading the internet, Outlaw has fallen in love with the sound of a morrvair, and Joe says TUI like two hundred times as if it were a real word. See all the show notes at https://www.codingblocks.n…
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In this episode, we're talking about lessons learned and the lessons we still need to learn. Also, Michael shares some anti-monetization strategies, Allen wins by default, and Joe keeps it real 59/60 days a year! The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode212. News Thanks for the review rioredwards! Wa…
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In this sequence of sound, we compute Joe's unexpected pleasure in commercial-viewing algorithms, Michael's intricate process of slicing up the pizza, and Allen's persistent request for more cheese data augmentation. Will you engage in this data streaming session? The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/ep…
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In this episode we talk about several things that have been on our mind. We find that Joe has been taken over by AI's, Michael now understands our love of Kotlin, and Allen wants to know how to escape supporting code you wrote forever. For the full episode show notes, visit: https://www.codingblocks.net/episode209…
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We're doing a water cooler talk today. Also, Allen can tell you how not to leak secrets, Michael knows how to work a spreadsheet, and Joe has been replaced by an AGI. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode208. Topics Want to score Vue.js London tickets? Tweet using both @CodingBlocks and #vuejs fo…
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What are lost updates, and what can we do about them? Maybe we don't do anything and accept the write skew? Also, Allen has sharp ears, Outlaw's gort blah spotterfiles, and Joe is just thinking about breakfast. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode206. News Thank you for the amazing reviews! iTun…
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There's this thing called ChatGPT you may have heard of. Is it the end for all software developers? Have we reached the epitome of mankind? Also, should you write your own or find a FOSS solution? That and much more as Allen gets redemption, Joe has a beautiful monologue, and Outlaw debates a monitor that is a thumb size larger than his current set…
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Ever wonder how database backups work if new data is coming in while the backup is running? Hang with us while we talk about that, while Allen doesn't stand a chance, Outlaw is in love, and Joe forgets his radio voice. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode204.…
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It’s time we learn about multi-object transactions as we continue our journey into Designing Data-Intensive Applications, while Allen didn’t specifically have that thought, Joe took a marketing class, and Michael promised he wouldn’t cry. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode203. News Thanks for …
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We decided to knock the dust off our copies of Designing Data-Intensive Applications to learn about transactions while Michael is full of solutions, Allen isn’t deterred by Cheater McCheaterton, and Joe realizes wurds iz hard. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode202. News Thanks for the reviews!…
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Michael spends the holidays changing his passwords, Joe forgot to cancel his subscriptions, and Allen’s busy playing Call of Duty: Modern Healthcare as we discuss the our 2023 resolutions. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode201. News Thanks for the reviews CourageousPotato, Billlhead, [JD]Milo!…
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We take a few to step back and look at how things have changed since we first started the show while Outlaw is dancing on tables, Allen really knows his movie monsters, and Joe's math is on point. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode200. News Thanks for the review nickname222Apple<3! Want to hel…
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We talk about career management and interview tips, pushing data contracts "left", and our favorite dev books while Outlaw is [redacted], Joe's trying to figure out how to hire junior devs, and Allen's trying to screw some nails in. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode199. After Media file Featu…
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We take a peak into some of the challenges Twitter has faced while solving data problems at large scale, while Michael challenges the audience, Joe speaks from experience, and Allen blindsides them both. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode198. News Want to help us out? Leave us a review! The 20…
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It’s that time of year where we’ve got money burning a hole in our pockets. That’s right, it’s time for the annual shopping spree. Meanwhile, Fiona Allen is being gross, Joe throws shade at Burger King, and Michael has a new character encoding method. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode197. Spo…
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We gather around the watercooler to discuss the latest gossip and shenanigans have been called while Coach Allen is not wrong, Michael gets called out, and Joe gets it right the first time. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode196. News Want to help out the show? Leave us a review! It’s almost ti…
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We wrap up Git from the Bottom Up by John Wiegley while Joe has a convenient excuse, Allen gets thrown under the bus, and Michael somehow made it worse. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode195. Sponsors Retool – Stop wrestling with UI libraries, hacking together data sources, and figuring out ac…
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This episode, we learn more about Git’s Index and compare it to other version control systems while Joe is throwing shade, Michael learns a new command, and Allen makes it gross. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode194. News Want to help out the show? Leave us a review! Ludum Dare is a bi-annual…
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It’s time to understand the full power of Git’s rebase capabilities while Allen takes a call from Doc Brown, Michael is breaking stuff all day long, and Joe must be punished. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode193. News Thanks for the review Itsamritchahal! Want to help out the show? Leave us a…
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We are committed to continuing our deep dive into Git from the Bottom Up by John Wiegley, while Allen puts too much thought into onions, Michael still doesn’t understand proper nouns, and Joe is out hat shopping. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode192. News Thanks for the review Alex Woodhead! …
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It’s surprising how little we know about Git as we continue to dive into Git from the Bottom Up, while Michael confuses himself, Joe has low standards, and Allen tells a joke. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode191. News Thanks for all the great feedback on the last episode and for sticking wit…
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After working with Git for over a decade, we decide to take a deep dive into how it works, while Michael, Allen, and Joe apparently still don’t understand Git. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode190. News Thank you for the new reviews DisturbedMime and Gjuko! Want to help out the show? Leave us…
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Once again, Stack Overflow takes the pulse of the developer community where we have all collectively decided to switch to Clojure, while Michael is changing things up, Joe is a future predicting trailblazer, and Allen is “up in the books”. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode189. News Thank you …
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We’re going back in time, or is it forward?, as we continue learning about Google’s automation evolution, while Allen doesn’t like certain beers, Joe is a Zacker™, and Michael poorly assumes that UPSes work best when plugged in. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode188. Survey Says For your day j…
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We explore the evolution of automation as we continue studying Google’s Site Reliability Engineering, while Michael, ah, forget it, Joe almost said it correctly, and Allen fell for it. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode187. News Thank you for the new reviews: ASobering, rupeshbende, Mnmbrane, …
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We finished. A chapter, that is, of the Site Reliability Engineering book as Allen asks to make it weird, Joe has his own pronunciation, and Michael follows through on his promise. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode186. Sponsors Retool – Stop wrestling with UI libraries, hacking together data …
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We haven’t finished the Site Reliability Engineering book yet as we learn how to monitor our system while the deals at Costco as so good, Allen thinks they’re fake, Joe hasn’t attended a math class in a while, and Michael never had AOL. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode185. Sponsors Retool – …
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We say “toil” a lot this episode while Joe saw a movie, Michael says something controversial, and Allen’s tip is to figure it out yourself, all while learning how to eliminate toil. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode184. Sponsors Retool – Stop wrestling with UI libraries, hacking together data…
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Welcome to the morning edition of Coding Blocks as we dive into what service level indicators, objectives, and agreements are while Michael clearly needs more sleep, Allen doesn’t know how web pages work anymore, and Joe isn’t allowed to beg. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode183. Sponsors Sho…
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